Mngeni sentencing postponed

The man convicted of killing British honeymooner Anni Dewani will learn his fate next week.

Xolile Mngeni consults with his lawyer on 19 November 2012 in the Western Cape High Court right after hearing that he had been found guilty of the murder of Anni Dewani. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Sentencing proceedings for Anni Dewani's killer, Xolile Mngeni, was postponed on Wednesday because his lawyer was not ready to proceed.

Earlier this week, the 25-year-old cancer sufferer was found guilty of firing the shot that killed the British honeymooner during a staged hijacking in Khayelitsha back in November 2010.

Several photographers stormed the Western Cape High Court to take pictures of Mngeni.

A bomb scare delayed proceedings for a while, but after the judge and Mngeni finally took their seats, the gunman's lawyer asked for a postponement saying the final witness could not make it to court for arguments in mitigation of sentence.

The lawyer then assured the court that the witness, who is an oncologist at Groote Schuur Hospital, will be ready to testify about Mngeni's medical condition on Monday.

Two other men, Zola Tongo and Mziwamadoda Qwabe, are serving lengthy sentences for their part in the crime.

Anni's husband and alleged mastermind Shrien Dewani has denied any involvement in the murder.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is still trying to have Dewani extradited from London.

He refuses to return to the country saying he would not receive a fair trial.